Thursday, October 02, 2014

So, the New Semantic Slap-about is 'Poisoning'

This headline

Gamekeeper found guilty 

of poisoning 

was about a gamekeeper in England's Norfolk district.

This, however,

"I can tell you that the United States is deeply concerned by reports that Israeli government has moved forward with the planning process in the sensitive area or in a sensitive area of East Jerusalem. The step is contrary to Israel's stated goal of negotiating a permanent agreement with the Palestinians and it would send a troubling message if they were to proceed with tenders or construction in that area."
"This development will only draw condemnation for the international community and distance Israel from it's closest allies and poison the atmosphere and not only with Palestinians but also with the very Arab governments with which Prime Minister Netanyahu said he wanted to build relations."

were the words of White House spokesperson Josh Earnest.

Just who is doing the poisioning?

That's semantic slapabouting, Josh.

I'm writing in earnest.



Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit back at the White House after Washington criticised Israeli plans to build thousands more settler homes in east Jerusalem, Israeli media reported on Thursday.

Israeli public radio quoted Netanyahu as telling US President Barack Obama in talks in Washington Wednesday to “study the facts and details before making statements” about the settlement plan.

And at Univision:

"This isn't a settlement. These are neighborhoods in Jerusalem. If you said to me that in some city in the United States or in Mexico, or anywhere else, Jews cannot buy apartments, there would be an uproar. You know, there's not only the freedom of property, but the right of every individual to live where they want, as long as they purchase the apartment legally and don't expropriate, don't take over, which isn't the case here. This was a free transaction. So I just want to understand this policy. It flies in the face of American values, and it flies in the face of common sense." (In his MSNBC interview, the Prime Minister added that the criticism was levelled at a mixed neighborhood in which a large portion of the approved construction will be designated for Arab residents alongside Jewish residents.)

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